Eric Bednarski is a Warsaw based film director/writer. Born in Halifax, Canada, Bednarski studied history and filmmaking in North America and Europe. He is the director of “The Strangest Dream”, a documentary film about the life of Joseph Rotblat produced by the National Film Board of Canada. The film won a Gemini Award and was nominated for a Writers Guild of Canada Award. Bednarski was also awarded the Decoration of Honour “Meritorious for Polish Culture” by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. His films have been broadcast across the world and screened at international festivals, at the United Nations, the European Parliament and the State Museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Eleonora Bergman is an architect who since the 1980s has also been actively involved in the preservation of the Jewish heritage, its history and documentation. Eleonora is the author of publications about the Mauritanian style in architecture of synagogues of Eastern Europe and about synagogues and prayer houses in Warsaw from the end of 18th century till the beginning of 21st century. She has published more than 50 articles in Polish and foreign magazines. Bergman was granted a number of scholarships: by the ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property) in Rome and twice by the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture in New York. Since 1991 she has twice worked for the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, in 1996 and 1997 as vice-director, and from 2007 until 2011 as a director. Bergman is also the author and co-author of a number of exhibitions dedicated to the Ringelblum Archives (shown in Germany, the US, France and Spain). She has been coordinating the complete edition of the Ringelblum Archive since 2010. In 2012 Eleonora was appointed Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur.
Katherine Sand is the daughter of Halina Sand, Joseph Rotblat’s niece. She grew up in London, and went to Trinity College, Oxford where she studied modern history. She worked in politics, the arts and, before moving to the U.S. in 2001, was the General Secretary of the International Federation of Actors. She lives in Aspen, Colorado where she has been worked with non-profits in film and theatre, and currently administers the grant-making arm of a major community organization. She is a freelancer writer and editor.
Grzegorz Karwasz, professor of Experimental Physics was born in 1958 in Złotów, where his parents worked as teachers. He completed high-school at W. Sierpiński Liceum in Gdynia. He studied Economics of Foreign Trade at University in Sopot and Technical Physics at Gdańsk University of Technology. During his studies he was a member (now honorary member) of the Polish Student Society for the United Nations (SSP ONZ) working for disarmament and peace. Karwasz spent 18 years in Italy (Trento University) and shorter times in Detroit, Berlin, Canberra (Australia) and Gunsan (Korea) working in atomic and nuclear physics. Now he heads the Didactics of Physics Division at Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland. He met professor Joseph Rotblat in 2000 in Rovereto.
Sally Milne was P.A./Researcher to Professor Joseph Rotblat and later Joint Executive Secretary of British Pugwash. Her son, Tom Milne, also worked for Professor Rotblat throughout the 1990s. She grew up on the south coast of England and went on to study history at the University of Exeter. She has lived in Rome where she worked for the Food & Agriculture Organisation of the UN in the World Bank Division. When she returned to the UK she worked in education and the arts. She lives in London and is currently a Director of PeaceJam UK, an education programme which works with Nobel Peace Laureates.
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